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Veltins Arena (ATT 61,673) 10th November 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Meyer

Schalke Schalke vs Werder Bremen W Bremen

Schalke 2

R Neustadter (59)
J Draxler (69)

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W Bremen 1

A Hunt (16)

Schalke strike back to win

Last Updated: 10/11/12 6:20pm

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Julian Draxler (left) scored the winner for the hosts

Julian Draxler (left) scored the winner for the hosts

Schalke overturned a first-half deficit with two goals in 10 minutes to beat Werder Bremen and keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Aaron Hunt gave Bremen the lead after 16 minutes but Roman Neustadter equalised in the 59th minute and Julian Draxler scored the decisive goal 10 minutes later.

Just days after coming back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at home against Arsenal in the Champions League, Schalke again pulled something out of the bag to close the gap on Bayern to seven points.

Schalke's first chance came just 38 seconds into the match as Werder keeper Sebastian Mielitz made a superb save to keep out Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's back-heel attempt.

Werder took the lead with their first opening in the 16th minute. Huntelaar lost the ball in his own half and Eljero Elia passed to Zlatko Junuzovic, who in turn played in Hunt with the forward firing just inside the right post for his third goal in the last two matches.

The hosts came close to doubling their advantage on the half-hour mark as Sokratis' header crashed off the crossbar.

Bremen hit the bar again just two minutes later as Kevin De Bruyne's curling free-kick glanced off the framework.

The hosts equalised in the 59th minute from a set-piece, with Christian Fuchs' free-kick from the left finding Neustadter, whose header went over Sebastian Mielitz and in at the left post.

Schalke took the lead 10 minutes later, though, on a counter attack as Jermaine Jones passed to an on-rushing Draxler, who blasted his left-footed shot in at the far post.

Mielitz kept his team in the match with a superb stop from Draxler in the 84th minute and was lucky that Lewis Holtby was offside when he found the back of the net moments later.

Holtby then saved the day for Schalke four minutes into injury time, heading Theodor Gebre Selassie's effort off the line.


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2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
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10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25